Local Activities for Seniors This Month

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class. This event is designed in a way that attendees will be able to cook a full Korean meal for their friends and family. Attendees will taste and learn how to prepare kimchi, bulgogi, bibimbop, and dubujorim. Come hungry!

 

ANNUAL SUMMER PARTY

Sunday, July 12th, 5:00pm - 7:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Bring your dancing shoes to the annual Summer Party featuring the Caribbean Vibe band.

 

ASK THE R.N.

Monday, July 13th, 9:30am - 11:00am at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Jennifer Geddes will be available for free confidential 15 minute appointments in the wellness room.  She will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health care plan.  Please be sure to sign up as space is limited.  For more information call 203.656.7490.

 

FOODS, DRINKS AND HERBALS THAT INTERACT POORLY WITH MEDICATIONS

Wednesday, July 15th, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

A pharmacist from CT Pharmacy will shine a little light on how some of the foods you eat can interact with your medications.  For example, a grapefruit or a fresh spinach salad may alter the effectiveness of medications. Before you cut these otherwise healthy foods out of your diet, find out if your medications are on the list and let the pharmacist help decipher what it might mean for you. For more information call 203.656.7490.

 

Wednesday matinee – “to kill a mockingbird”

Wednesday, July 15th, 1:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical novel was translated to film in 1962. Set in a small Alabama town in the 1930s, the story focuses on scrupulously honest, highly respected lawyer Atticus Finch, magnificently embodied by Gregory Peck. Finch puts his career on the line when he agrees to represent Tom Robinson (Brock Peters), a black man accused of rape. The trial and the events surrounding it are seen through the eyes of Finch's six-year-old daughter Scout (Mary Badham). While Robinson's trial gives the film its momentum, there are plenty of anecdotal occurrences before and after the court date: Scout's ever-strengthening bond with older brother Jem (Philip Alford), her friendship with precocious young Dill Harris, her father's no-nonsense reactions to such life-and-death crises as a rampaging mad dog, and especially Scout's reactions to, and relationship with, Boo Radley (Robert Duvall), the reclusive "village idiot" who turns out to be her salvation when she is attacked by a venomous bigot.

 

Coffee brewing methods class

Wednesday, July 15th, 6:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

There's more to brewing coffee than just hitting the button on your keurig machine.  Join the folks from NEAT Coffee as we taste one coffee prepared 4 or 5 different ways and discuss how each cup differs.

 

Ny botanical gardens, Bronx, ny

Thursday, July 16th, 9:15am – 5:30pm, hosted by Away for the Day.  Pick up/drop off is at the Darien Town Hall

Buy goods and goodies on Arthur Avenue before lunching at Mario’s (your choice of entrees includes chicken francese, sole or veal parmesan).  After lunch, you will see “Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life” exhibit, alive with bold colors and vibrant textures of her native Mexico.  See a re-creation of her art studio at Casa Azul, overlooking her garden, plus photos of Frida, her husband muralist Diego Rivera, and Casa Azul.  A tram will transport you around the garden’s 240 acres to the rose garden and library which will display 14 of Kahlo’s paintings and works on paper.  Please reserve by calling 203.226.4310, cell 203.216.7666 or by emailing jill@awayfortheday.net.  Cost is $131.00.

 

ALUMNI SWING BAND

Thursday, July 16th, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

The Alumni Swing Band truly enjoys entertaining and their songs are sure to bring back warm memories.  The band’s repertoire includes classic big band swing and jazz as well as contemporary selections.  Lunch ($4.00) will be served at 12:00pm. Please call to reserve for lunch 203.656.7490.

 

POKER ACADEMY

Friday, July 17th, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

If you’ve never played before, or you’re interested in learning this fun card game, come to the Poker Academy. No money exchanged but there will be prizes.

 

Caramoor summer music festival

Sunday, July 19th, 12:00pm – 8:00pm, hosted by Away for the Day.  Pick up/drop off is at the Darien Town Hall

At this enchanting Katonah, NY estate, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, under the baton of Conductor Nicholas McGegan, will perform Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony No. 8 in B minor, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major and Mozart’s stormy Symphony No. 25 in G minor. Enjoy an Italian feast at Le Fontane before the performance.  Your choice of entrees includes salmon with lemon artichokes, chicken francese or home-made lasagna.  Please reserve by calling 203.226.4310, cell 203.216.7666 or by emailing jill@awayfortheday.net.  Cost is $166.

 

Meet the author: sarah leah chase

Sunday, July 19th, 5:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Sarah Leah Chase, author of New England Open-House Cookbook, will be the featured speaker.  The latest from this celebrated cookbook guru pays homage to all the foods Sarah grew up with during those lazy-Sunday Cape Cod mornings and those blustery New England winters. Perfect for anyone who has spent any time on the coast, The New England Open-House Cookbook is full of stews to keep you warm on cold evenings in Maine, salsas and steaks for the summer’s family barbecues, and chilies for the nights where all you want to do is curl up in your oldest Nantucket-red sweatshirt and sit by a fire.

 

LUNCH AND LEARN

Tuesday, July 21st, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Dr. O'Hare & Dr. Choi of Stamford Hospital will discuss a GIFT to your family and all those who would be involved in arranging care for you when you are no longer capable of doing that yourself; a GUIDE for all those entrusted with providing care in accordance with your wishes; and the GOAL of ensuring that your voice will be heard, guaranteeing that decisions you previously made will be respected.  The doctors will provide information on how to discuss your wishes with family, friends, and healthcare providers, in addition on to how to complete your own written advance directives.  A complimentary lunch will be served at 12:00pm.  For more information call 203.656.7490.

 

ART GOTTLIEB: the U.S.S. Nautilus

Thursday, July 23rd, 2:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road – Liberty Hall

Launched on January 21, 1954 at Electric Boat in Groton CT, U.S.S. Nautilus was the world’s first nuclear powered submarine.  On August 3, 1958, traveling submerged beneath the Arctic Ice Cap, Nautilus became the first ship to reach the geographic North Pole. Decommissioned in 1980, Nautilus has since been preserved and is the centerpiece of the U.S.S. Nautilus Submarine Museum at Groton CT.

 

Tanglewood

Sunday, July 26th, 8:30am – 8:30pm, hosted by Away for the Day.  Pick up/drop off is at the Darien Town Hall

In the Berkshires, Conductor Christoph von Dohnani will lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra in an all-Mozart program which includes his Symphony No. 39, Symphony No. 40 and Symphony No. 41 – the Jupiter.  Lunch will be at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, MA where there will be time to browse in the shops.  Your choice of entrees includes braised chicken with mushroom wine sauce or broiled sole with lemon caper sauce.  Please reserve by calling 203.226.4310, cell 203.216.7666 or by emailing jill@awayfortheday.net.  Cost is $183.

 

Discover Philadelphia, pa

Thursday, August 27th – Friday, August 28th, hosted by Away for the Day.  Depart at 8:00am on Thursday and return on Friday at 6:30pm.  Pick up/drop off is at the Darien Town Hall

You’ll take a self-guided tour of the Barnes Foundation which houses Alfred Barnes’ art collection.  Thursday evening dine at the historic City Tavern.  Your choice of entrees includes roast beef with burgundy demi-glaze or breaded roasted chicken.  On Friday, visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  There will be a guided tour of “Discovering Impressionists Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting”. The show, celebrating the visionary Parisian art dealer who supported this new art style, will include 80 works by Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Degas and Manet, plus period photographs.  You’ll also explore Fairmont Park, home to Woodford, an historic mansion with a collection of 18th century antique furniture, and Shofuso, a Japanese house and garden.  Hotel accommodations will be provided by Best Western, King of Prussia.  Please reserve by calling 203.226.4310, cell 203.216.7666 or by emailing jill@awayfortheday.net.  Cost for a single room is $365.  Cost for a double room is $315/person.

 

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